564 LIFE OF Humboldt's departure excited the fear that these affairs would: be quite neglected, and that the opening of the university would be delayed. But they were groundless. The impulse had been given, and the plans for the university so far prepared, that it was easy for Mcolovius, in conjunction with the still acting Count Dohna, to complete the measures. The state chancellor offered the post to Alexander von Hum- boldt, then residing in Paris, but he preferred to devote himself to his scientific labours, and declined the pro- posal In November, 1810, councillor Schuckman succeeded to the post, and Nicolovius was appointed director in both departments. The virtues which Humboldt had shown as a states- man, his advanced views, his incorruptible love of truth, and his energetic activity, were amply appre- ciated by the court; the best acknowledgment was the Vienna appointment. He, however, received several other tokens of royal esteem. When the 2nd and 3rd- classes of the order of the Eed Eagle were founded, in January, 1810, the third being first distributed, Humboldt was one of the few statesmen decorated with it. His scientific greatness was also more and more acknowledged. In the beginning of the year 1809, he was elected foreign member of the Danish asso- ciation for science, and in the summer of 1810, he was appointed member of thg philosophical class of the royal academy of sciences in Berlin.